Two things, very quickly:
1. It’s finally cooled off here. A gentle rain fell last night and into this morning. By the time I got to church, the rain had knocked some of the blossoms off the crape myrtles in the parking lot. They were clustered on the ground in soft masses of deep pink, the color magnified by the water. It was really beautiful. Of course there were a lot of blossoms left on the branches, too. I probably looked like an idiot, standing there in the parking lot by myself, smiling delightedly at those flowers like I’d never seen them before, but it was just so pretty, I had to stop and take it in for a minute.
2. I have a personal commitment that is going to keep me out of pocket and offline for the next two weeks. I expect to be back online sometime after Aug. 31. Please be aware that because this is a moderated blog, any comments you post will NOT appear online until I get back. I will not be answering e-mail or taking phone calls during this time. When I return, I expect to post something on the following topics:
Mural painting (got a cool project scheduled for early September)
Sock monkeys (I’ve got a Labor Day date with the sewing machine)
Fall gardening (hello, spinach in the cold frame and upgrades around the pond!)
Marathoning (September is when I have to get serious with the training)
In the meantime, go explore the links on the right-hand side of my blog. You should find plenty there to keep you occupied.
And a parting gift:
Hideous dress (looks like something out of It Came from the 1971 Sears Catalog), but I’d take the wardrobe if I could have the pipes to go with it.
Play nice together and go do some random acts of kindness while I’m gone. See you in September.